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Cristiano Ronaldo to sit out weekend clash

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Cristiano Ronaldo will be rested for Real Madrid's trip to Real Sociedad on Saturday, manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed.

Real's No. 7 has had a niggling knee issue in recent weeks, but he was still able to score his record-equalling 14th Champions League goal of the season on Wednesday.

Ancelotti took a risk in starting Ronaldo and they desperately need the flamboyant winger as league leaders Atletico Madrid are three points clear after the 2012 champions' back-to-back defeats against Barcelona and Sevilla last month.

The former Chelsea manager said the Portuguese showman would be back for the Dortmund second leg.

"We’re giving him a rest because we have other important games. We’ll leave him at home so he can train and be ready for Tuesday’s game, so he can recover better from the burden of the games he’s played," Ancelotti announced.

Manchester United's former player has been in typically lethal form this year, scoring 45 goals, partly contributing to being awarded the 2014 Balon d'Or.

The two-time winner has been helped by Gareth Bale's arrival, with the flying Welshman netting 17 times; proving his worth in the famous all-white strip.

Bale may have to be the stand-out performer without Ronaldo on Saturday, but Isco and Karim Benzema offer a huge amount and often go under the radar due to the man from Lisbon's brilliance.

Ronaldo will have to wait a few days before adding to his incredible tally of 246 Madrid goals in just 239 appearances.


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